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and information about united states foreign policy, the purpose of the surrogate broadcast such as radio free europe, radio free asia is very different. and that is to beam this information into closed societies giving those citizens the information that otherwise they would never be able to access. each broadcasting service is full of enterprising reporters who literally risk their lives for what they do. they risk life and limb, and i think all of us have followed stories about individual reporters who were killed in the line of getting the story in totalitarian regimes or reporting on human rights abuses. reporters from these services really deserve to work under an organization that makes the most out of their talents. unfortunately, more and more it seems that the structure of international broadcasting clips their wings. legislation in the 1990s established the broadcasting board of governors as an independent federal agency responsible for all u.s. nonmilitary international broadcasting. today the bbg exercises authority over five distinct broadcasting services managed by a bipartisan
protest by those whated to his visit and they describe as an imperial u.s. foreign policy. but there are many more who welcome barack obama, in particular members of nelson mandela's family, who held a with the u.s.g president. barack obama also spoke to michelle, who had remained at the bedside of her husband. , he hadtten statement given her strength. >> he is responding well to treatment. >> news that has been welcomed by presidents as well as by family. how significant is policy to this visit? far beyondgnificant the symbolic ones, and that is the issue of economic sharing. the africa growth and opportunity act is a crucial bit of legislation for not only south africa but the continent as well. that gives african nations favored trading status with the united states. it is up for renewal in 2015 and jacob zuma would have rotted berries -- brought it up very strongly this morning and the need to extend it as soon as possible. the u.s. being south africa's second-largest trading partner. the u.s. reaching out to south africa to use its influence to onk u.s. measures not
to step back and look at the bigger issue. this segment is of president obama's foreign policy. he's done an enormous amount in the last four years. gotten bin laden, gotten us out of iraq, getting us out of afghanistan, trade and prosperity, working with tough issues that follow him around. he's president. you've got a tough -- russia going in the wrong direction, a growing powerful china, and all these rising powers. he needs to be on that plane. he needs t to be engaging on the big issues, not getting sidetracked. >> right. >> i think he's doing it right. >> the defense official, the highest defense official in china today accused america of hypocrisy, complaining about snowden, spying, and so forth because obviously they've learned a lot about what we've been doing. >> that's the last debate that president obama should enter. this is a 29-year-old kid who has a hero complex, however you want to characterize it, who has put our national security at risk. he will end up in jail, there's no question about it. obama is right to let the law enforcement go through their processes. i want to
phones. lay athe bpg and entities role in foreign-policy, questions have been raised about the management of the agency. an inspector general report found they were failing in mandated duties and attributed that failure to a flawed structure and internal dissension. one problem highlighted was that originally intended to operate on a part-time basis, has not assume the full-time response abilities of supervising a massive media organization. this has been compounded by the .arge number of board vacancies currently, only four of the nine blocks are filled. these vacancies increased the pressure and responsibilities of the sitting governors to supervise the bbg. i hope the senate will take action on the three members now considered and the president will nominate additional board members. questions have been raised about the lines of authority. voice of america, which is a federal entity, reports to the head of the international broadcasting bureau, and while radio free europe and radio liberty reports directly to the board of governors. this could create confusion and undermine accountabil
regime as the obama white house claims. president obama's foreign policy looks increasingly muddled and confused particularly and most urgely on the issue of syria. on the eve of that summit the obama said it would be sending small arms to the rebels some of whom have dangerous ties to al qaeda but in an interview which was taped last sunday president obama denied his policy on syria had changed at all. with a penchant for the inconsistent, he warned about a deeper involvement in the syrian civil war. >> it is very easy to slip slide your way into deeper and ddeper commitment because if it's not working immediately, then what ends up happening is six months from now people say, well, you gave the heavy ar tilry and now what we need is x and now what we nned is y. because until assad is defeated in this view, it's never going to be enough, all right? >> so for now the president seems content to offer aid and that aid by the way is beginning to add up. president obama pledging another $300 million in humanitarian assistance, half of which will be sent to syria and half will be divided
of administration foreign policy discussions right now given the president's meeting last week with vladimir putin and ping a few weeks ago. these are complicated relationships. these are not countries where we can call and have an expectation that they will instinctively agree with us and agree with our position on this. they obviously have their own interest. with china there are a lot of questions about whether the things we accuse china of doing to us through cyber hacking are actually being done by the u.s. edward snowden has said he has information about that as well. i think it is pretty clear in the choices he made he either had some guidance about how he would be treated in these countries or had an expectation of how he may be treated based on the foreign policy relationships we have. >> this is a key point, snowden wanted to get the documents out when he got them out. the guardian and the post didn't print them. why? president obama was meeting with the chinese premiere. he wanted to prevent -- i think there was -- bob asked whose interest did it serve? it served chai -- china's interes
of things coming in a foreign-policy russians. -- lot of things, including foreign-policy questions. i disagree with what i think is an important part of what he said. hi think it actually matters that you are part of a party, that your heart of a movement. a truly public spirited person has to see himself as part of a team in politics. and when a person says that he is simply the ended, that he calls things as he seized them, everybody calls things as he sees that. there are many people in my experience who simply do what the party says. but they work with the party because the only way to really make your lyrical ideas matter is to work with other people who basically agree with you. not 100%. no two people agree entirely on everything. but i think it is important -- no two people. it is a common effort. the person who holds himself above all that and says, well, i'm just me: the shots as i see them is both showing not enough respect for people who are in the arena because they're all calling shots as they see them and is not being serious about making his political ideas real. that
and this is the third presidential debate. are y'all going to watch? [applause] this one the focus is on foreign policy. and the focus is on foreign policy and they will try to work in economics because that is the number one issue people are voting on. >> it's been a free-for-all in the debates. it says foreign policy but we will talk about everything. >> anderson: i think they will sort of say like well, to be strong as a nation we need a strong economy a segue in. i don't know if you saw "saturday night live" did a joke about the last debate. let's look at what they did on snl. >> you have never in your life even once used the phrase terrorist act? >> get the transcript. get it. >> governor he has in fact used the phrase terrorist act. >> candy, no, no, come on. >> i am afraid he did. >> candy, please. candy. [laughter] [applause] >> you have to understand the symbolism of dropping the mic it's done there is nothing else to be said it's done. >> anderson: often in the rap battles, that is my favorite. >> my favorite move. i drop the mic. >> anderson: iit's effective. people back away. i often win my
it is, i agree with lieutenant colonel, he made a lot of flops internationally, with foreign policy, there is nothing he can do, if we had one of putin computer's spies and - vladimir putin's spies, and he would be executed if we want to russia we would keep him here. charles: are you saying that snowden will be executed. >> i am telling you the perception. if the shoe were on the other foot, we'll prosecute him, not execute him, but we'll put him in jail, russia is not willing to give up a spy. >> here is the thing, at least we put on a better show. this morning president said, he is not going to scramble jets to me that seems any great leader would say, iihave a better range of decisions either i central, belscramblejets or i do nothing. is there nothing bitzer. better. >> he will scramble jets for his family to take a vacation, but not safe the country. he could have said, i have this under control, looking presidential, no, he looked weak, and putin knows, that putin is in your face. you know former kgb . i spent a lot of time on right side of the iron curtain facing these peop
? >> integrating the b.b.g. into the overall foreign policy structure. 10 years ago, i was on the group which looked at public diplomacy in the arab-muslim world. we concluded this. broadcasting represents nearly half of the spending on public diplomacy and must be part of the process. not marching to its own drummer with its own goals and strategies. sources of funding and board. that was true 10 years ago and it is true today. you can put it into the state department. you can resurrect usia. you can have it stand as a separate entity as mr. wimbush wants, as it is today. but directly reporting to somebody and responsible for someone who is in the foreign policy apparatus. >> i was struck by your testimony when you used the phrase strategic drift and you told that story about the strategy session with the secretary, deputy secretary. it is an amazing story actually when you think about. mr. wimbush? >> mr. connolly, i don't want to leave the impression that i think that u.s. international broadcasting should report to no one. i just don't think it should report to the state department. the c
: that is the case but which fed different approach to foreign policy doesn't work and it seems to embolden those who don't take it seriously to begin life. >> i agree completely the president didn't as many options but if you ask who will bring -- blink first? nobody will say peru to end. he is a very tough leader and i was in russia last week you'll be surprised how little america matters to russia they do their own thing when they sent missiles to syria they said they have already been sold we will just deliver them they don't caracol with the americans are doing and the attitude to is just laughing at this. let's look at what has their own interest in the middle east is imploding again and in iraq the death rate is through the roof where we headed? >> iran takes a bit to chavis and in spite of what jordan is doing with the implosion we side according to you to one of the coomanders of the serious troubles is a cannibal it is said real we would come to the rescue after 27 months of a disaster scenario even with the encouragement of our israeli friends the yen obama doesn't seem to have the wherewi
identified? he has a new foreign policy team kind of sort of in place. he now has someone new at the national security council. he's got someone new at the department of state and someone new at the u.n. with all of these balls he has to keep in the air, including suspicion from places like china, is there a different approach? is there a pitch ot away from asia to something else? >> i think you see a little bit of a difference in the sense that the decision to arm and send military aid to the syrian opposition did expose a little bit of differences between some of these players new and old. with john kerry, in favor of sending more aid, for instance, and the outgoing national security advisor tom donlan expressing skepticism and concern. >> and the controversy about whether kerry wanted to bomb syria. that was -- >> exactly. and i think you're going to see -- you're going to see more of that. you do see a little bit of a pivot that the president addressed while he was in germany this nuclear agenda which he has dropped for the last two years and wants to resume the ability to cut back on the
's doing it raises new questions about u.s. foreign policy in the middle east and elsewhere. we'll take a look at the president's diplomatic strategy and the impact on america's influence in the world. >>> also brand new in the racketeering trial of an aging boston gangster who spent years on the run. >> a lot of these people looked up to bulger like he was some hero, you know what i mean? to find out that he was an informant and ratting people out and killing people and getting away with it, it makes him look like the scum that he is. ♪ ♪ chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for boat insurance. geico, see how much you could save. [ susan ] i hate that the reason we're always stopping is because i have to go to the bathroom. and when we're sitting in traffic, i worry i'll have an accident. be right back. so today, i'm finally going to talk to my doctor about overactive bladder symptoms. [ female announcer ] know that gotta go feeling? ask your doctor about prescription toviaz. one toviaz pill a day significantly reduces sudden urges and accidents for 24 hours. if
in contrast to presidents clinton and bush that had elevated africa within the foreign policy hierarchy and really had put their stamp, left a mark on u.s. foreign policy that's lasted, you know, up till today. we don't yet see that kind of legacy coming from president obama. and i think it's particularly ironic at this time, as africa is doing better than ever before, and africa is more important to the united states than ever before, we're seeing the white house step back from africa and playing a much less-active role. >> warner: sarah pray, do you find it disappointing? and do you hear from the people on the continent that they're disappointed? >> well, i think this trip is perhaps past due, but if nothing else, it's due. it's time. and i think the fact that he has devoted such a significant period of time to this trip, visiting three countries and really prioritizing economic growth and democracy as the two pillars of this trip, i think that's very welcome on the continent. i think-- you mentioned some of the omissions that, the places he will not visit. that clearly has raised qui
on the foreign-policy front. there's been a lot of quick decisions they have made in the past that will not be made so quickly, although qatar does still want to have a very big presence on the international stage. it perhaps will not necessarily have it in a military format. >> the taliban have carried out an attack near the presidential palace in kabul. gunman managed to enter the heavily fortified district in the early hours of the morning. >> the afghan defense and a nearby cia building were the -- the afghan defense ministry. >> the taliban made it right up to the walls of the presidential palace. the brazen attack again showed their ability to strike at the heart of hamid karzai's government. the gunbattle lasted nearly two hours. >> i live in this area. it was around 6 a.m. when the shooting started. then there were explosions, and people started running away. >> the presidential palace is practically a fortress with multiple rings of security, but the militants made it past a number of army check points, using fake id. the attack comes less than a week after nato forma
they expect? .> there are a few areas foreign policy, military policy, and the judiciary. the current incumbent running for reelection has been quite active in these areas. he has been saying essentially, look, i've been doing this for four years and i've been doing well. nothing bad has happened. give me a chance to do more. on either side, the main challenger is running a campaign on, well, the democratic party is the prime minister, the mayor, the head of parliament. we need a balance and check on his party. that is their main argument. let's get some checks and balances in here. and the people's party would provide that. >> thank you very much. as he said, there's been quite a lot of turnout and there seems to be much enthusiasm for these presidential elections. >> many thanks to you. gillard, the outgoing prime minister and a former leader of the australian party are having a press conference. >> earlier today, i announced that i will not contest at the forthcoming federal election. i will be back home in my electorate in the coming weeks to say hello and goodbye to the community
u.s. foreign policy may be and also as a measure of perhaps a protest against what it viewed or what they viewed or perceived as actions by the united states. >> the brothers had lived in the u.s. for more than a decade. the indictment says the internet played a part in the development of what was described as a radical views. at the same time as the federal charges were delivered, massachusetts authorities worked on an indictment against dzhokhar tsarnaev. if convicted, he faces life in prison or he could face the death penalty. >> police in chile have arrested more than 100 people after a secondary school was taken over by students. the occupation was part of a campaign by protesters calling for education. the aircraft carrying a fashion executive has been found. 160as discovered about kilometers north of the venezuelan capital of caracas. >> for the past six months, the search team have combed these waters. they have been trying to recover the wreckage of a plane carrying the boss of an italian fashion label. that search is finally over. >> this is part of a joint cooperation effo
obama is not making good choices. immigration he has not led. on foreign policy, it does not lead, even from behind. thankfully, we can reverse the bad choices as easily as the good ones. that is the work of the conservative party. there's a vision that welcomes economic growth and freedom in all of its forms. a vision that sees potential in every life and all new visions. a vision that america was once vibrant and optimistic and ready to grow. it can be that way again. america's best days are ahead of it. -- that is visit and a vision that we will choose with your help. that can be a reality. thank you. god bless you all. god bless the conservative party of new york. [applause] >> tonight, the house oversight committee debates whether irs official lois lerner waived her fifth amendment rights at a hearing in may. immigration policy in the house. later, rand paul campaigns in south carolina. >> the house oversight committee today voted along party lines to pass a resolution saying that irs official lois lerner waived her right to remain silent. ms. lerner was in charge of the irs tax ex
-elect has said that iran is in a difficult situation and should approach foreign policy with caution. speaking on national television, the newly elected leader warns that countries should not miscalculate iiran's hour. women have arrested 15 who were forced into prostitution in mumbai. officers raided a flat in the city center. and says more than 150,000 people are trafficked in south asia every year poor rural girls are often lords to cities with the promise of jobs as maids and nannies and then forced into the sex industry. eight soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern thailand while they're on patrol and their truck hit the device. two of the officers were wounded. come stays after the government rejected a ceasefire offer by muslim rebels in the region. share is in blackberry have plunged 29% in new york. investors were reacting to its warning of future losses despite releasing a new range of products this year. here is an analyst view of why the shares dropped. >> one part of the report that disturb me was the fact that they lost 4 million subscribers. that is w
of there and they sent him out. this is well beyond the legal system now, this is completely a matter of foreign policy, of intelligence, of diplomacy, and russia's going to do what's in russia's interest now with this guy, and that presumably includes taking everything in his briefcase and making copies of it. why wouldn't they? they'd be crazy not to. >> there's been a lot of outrage in some quarters, government quarters certainly, against snowden and outrage over russia maybe wanting to talk to him or china wanting to talk to him or whatever. if this was a completely different situation, if this was a member of the chinese intelligence service or the russian intelligence service, who was in the united states, wouldn't the u.s. be acting in the exact same way? wouldn't they want to hold on to a person, get information from this person? >> anderson -- >> for all the outrage the u.s. government is expressing publicly, wouldn't the u.s. government be doing the same thing? >> yes. and that's what makes this incredibly awkward. to jeff's point, we have to be clear. the u.s. government has been treated in
targeted, they weren't just tea partiers, clutd other groups, eastern foreign policy organizations among others. five on the leadership chain have been replaced. the reports claim there is no evidence of wrongdoing is premature. lori low enthat you will's pro-israel group sued them for inappropriate treatment and delays, says they still haven't gotten satisfaction. >> when things go wrong, there need to be real curative action, not this report saying we got rid of top people. that's what always happens. doesn't change anything. i want to know what is going to happen and when are we going to say enough is enough. >> it is far from the irs has now suspended use of be on the lookout list or bolo lists, acknowledge those lists were used longer than originally thought to target conservative and other groups. the irs said any groups that have tax status backlogged for more than 120 days can, quote, self certify that it will obey laws. if it does, it will get tax exempt status immediately. just a little late for those folks that wanted it the last two elections, bret. >> thank you. >>> it was n
beyond the legal system now, this is completely a matter of foreign policy, of intelligence, of diplomacy, and russia's going to do what's in russia's interest now with this guy, and that presumably includes taking everything in his briefcase and making copies of it. why wouldn't they? they'd be crazy not to. >> there's been a lot of outrage in some quarters, government quarters certainly, against snowden and outrage over russia maybe wanting to talk to him or china wanting to talk to him or whatever. if this was a completely different situation, if this was a member of the chinese intelligence service or the russian intelligence service, who was in the united states, wouldn't the u.s. be acting in the exact same way? wouldn't they want to hold on to a person, get information from this person? >> anderson -- >> for all the outrage the u.s. government is expressing publicly, wouldn't the u.s. government be doing the same thing? >> yes. and that's what makes this incredibly awkward. to jeff's point, we have to be clear. the u.s. government has been treated in an outrageous and unfair way. i
would have looked like. carter started with exactly the same foreign policy. less defense. talk to your enemies. have a very restrained and humbled way in the world, and the way america is interpreted -- enemies interpret that, america is in retreat, and they didn't become less aggressive. they became more aggressive, and we never got to see that play out in carter's second term because he got voted out of office. obama in a sense is living that -- what the consequences of that foreign policy, and when little countries like ecuador see the opportunity to -- it's a free lunch and they let american expatriates down there, and they have it good and really don't want the u.s. to come after ecuador. the ecuadorians feel they can do this and this is their version of a free punch out america. >> thank you very much, sir. >> by the way, senator rand paul will be with us very shortly. they just concluded the vote on the immigration law. senator paul voted no. he is going to come to us just momentarily. >> then we have reading, writing, and promoting the healthcare law? what? wait until you hear
weaponsun against his own people as theed obama white house claims.obam president obama's foreign policy looks increasingly modeled andly confused, particularly and most urgently on the issue of syria. on the eve of that summit thehe obama administration made theat hawkish announcement that it would be sending small arms to the rebels, some of whom haveul dangerous ties to al qaeda. in the interview president obama denied his policy had changed all. sy and with a peculiar pension forl the inconsistent, he warned about the deeper involvement ine the syrian civil war. >> it is very easy to slip sliding away into deeper and a deeper commitments because if it is not working immediately thent what ends up happening is sixix months from now people say, well, you give them artillery. a now what we really need is x ane now what we really need is why.i and tell assad is defeated in this view it is never going to b enouegh.>> seu: so for now the president seems content to offer aid, and that is beginning to add up. president obama is pledging an another $300 million in humanitarian assistance, hal
, with the taliban, on a resoluon in afghanistan. i mean, this turns our history, our foreign policy for decades on its head and leads wher >> it leads to where common sense takes you which is that a war has a winner and a loser and if you don't stay in it to win , you lose. a lot of what has gone from the esident's speech about how he's's basically declaring tt the war is over without having to do the hard work to end it in aositiv way, they're trying to dress this up into something other than a humiliang defeat for the united states. >> andrew mccarthy, good to have you with us. >> thank you. >> what should edward snowden with treated with? r analyst judge andrew alec, for this mission i upgraded your smart phone. ♪ right. but the most important feature of all is... the capil one purchase eraser. i can redeem the double miles i earned with my venture card to erase recent travel purchases. d with a few clicks, this mission never happened. uh, what's this button do? [ electricity zaps ] ♪ you requested backup? yes. yes i did. what's in your wallet? otherworldly things. but there are some th
foreign policies. bush's global war on terror vanished from the presidential vocabulary. the middle east and all of its problems would be mthrough smar. >> thank you. >> reporter: obama began what his critics called an apology tour and in a june 2009 speech in cairo, he suggested bush's freedom agenda for the muslim world was a clumsy overreach. >> no system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other. >> reporter: and then came portentious stirrings from the middle east that caught obama by surprise. america stood by as iran's green revolution was brutally suppressed. then an uprising in tunisia, followed by a popular revolt against mubarak. the arab spring would present the president with a defining foreign policy crisis. in march 2011, he addressed the american people from national defense university in washington. the president who wanted to pivot away from the middle east was now explaining why he was intervening in a civil war in labia. to stop a bloodbath, in a port city that most americans had never heard of. a place called benghazi. >> if we waited one more
, but their foreign policy is basically supporting bolivarran revolution, approaching iran, development of the third world, trying to take independent initiatives on the middle east. they are developing the foreign policy with the united states, about it's important to raise those issues. these issues need to be discussed and the importance of democracy in the region. in terms of civil society, i think -- i know that some people don't like the word "nation-building." they say went dove hey to be in the business of nation-wilding. we heard that during the iraq crisis. no. i think in the case of latin america, we need to be involved in nation-building, and nation-building means institution-building. we are doing it. sometimes we are succeeding, sometimes we are not. but i think it's important to strengthen democracy, to strengthen the legal system, to help them build and educate them how to build democratic institutions. even teach them how parties work. i know we're not that happy with the way our parties work, but how to respond more to constituencies. i'm not say the united states has the ability t
's foreign policy. they say they were hoping many of them say they were hoping that president obama would bring sort of a new american foreign policy. they don't believe that has happened. they point to a number of his foreign policy initiatives including the use of drones, his foreign policy toward the middle east as well as cuba. those are just a few things to name a few. but really over-arching they say is this continued american arrogance when it comes to foreign policy. if you ask the white house to respond to the protesters, they say, look, this is a thriving democracy in south africa. this is part of what nelson mandela fought for so they welcome the protesters. certainly president obama did get a mixed reception here in south africa. >> kristen, thank you. >>> now to a developing story coming out of egypt where four people have been killed so far, including one american student from maryland who was stabbed to death in protests, marking the one year anniversary of president mohammed morsi's inauguration. the unrest overnight is being seen as prelude of sorts to massive protests pl
foreign policy in some basic ways that opens up therefore, possibly, not definitely, possibly some room for maneuver. they call it a win-win relationship. it's worth continuing to explore it from our end. >> are you willing to give obama that briefly? >> i'll give him the nsa wire tap story. but look -- >> you support him on that but not on china? >> look, china policy, first of all, i don't think is a right-left issue. i think the reality is that you have a china that is on the one hand confident about its future but also insecure. it is growing militarily, it has been threatening regional allies of ours, we have to be wary of that. >> ten seconds, anything to add? >> anything to add? we should be focusing on what's happening from brazil. what's happening from brazil is what happened in turkey, what happened in iran and across -- >> people -- >> these of huge people protests. they are not revolutions in brazil but they are pushing back against managed democracy. they're saying we have to be heard and we resist this sort of constantly being managed and being heard only in elections. tha
. author of a new book, foreign policy begins at home. let me begin with you. you put out a powerful tweet this morning saying that by releasing snowden, china threw away the chance to invest in relations with the united states. >> china talked about a win-win relationship to be a model of relations between major powers of the day. and instead gone for a short-term game. plus, whether china is prepared to enter into regulation for the international competition. >> you had no doubt this was the government of china -- >> not a lot of freelancing in china. the idea that the hong kong authorities did this independently. inconceivable. >> does this complicate it? >> yes, but not ending it. i don't think it's quite that serious. china will move on, hong kong will move on. what were they supposed to do? they have domestic politics as well, especially in hong kong. snowden created protests in that country. i think in effect china had to get rid of this guy, get rid of the problem. he might be here for a long time and that would complicate things. >> this is something the united states does every d
of administration foreign policy discussions now given the president's meeting last week with vladimir putin, his meeting with jinping. these are complicated relationships. not countries where we can just call and have an expectation that they will agree with us and agree with our position on this. they obviously have their own interests in this. in china there are questions about whether the things are being done by the u.s. and edward snowden said he had information about that as well. it's clear in the choices he made that he either had guidance about how he was going to be treated or had an expectation about the relationships we have. >> this is a key point. he wanted to get the documents out. they said at the end of the week president obama was meeting with the chinese premier and wanted to prevent -- bob asked whose interest interest it served. it served china's efforts to look at u.s. spying. the next revelations were before the g-8 summit in london which helps putin. the notion that snowden is a flaky guy seems to coincide with the foreign policy interests of our enemies. >> there is hard
. and you can find the same thing in the area of foreign policy and the early banking activities that we talked about. he's made a difference many times. so we should remain optimistic. he's been a part of getting things done, and even got something done since congress changed and the senate changed in really such a fundamental way. but i kept asking myself, did chris really believe he could cut a deal with shelby and make it stick, when mitch mcconnell had announced at the beginning of the year, forget it. republicans are not playing ball. and i thought it was brilliant to put together the pairs of senators on the committee, and they did good work, but we notice not a single one of them voted for the final bill. sure, if they can have a hand in influencing a build but then walk away from it, if you hadn't managed to put together the three republicans that you did from the northeast and some upkeep the queasy democrats on board, you did so much work to do that, their absence would've led to a complete failure. so i'm not quite as bullish on the republicans as chris is. it's a tough job i
't have to be this way. two years ago, many foreign policy experts argued swift intervention by the united states could quell a number of potentially disastrous developments while others warned we should totally out of what was ultimately a civil local conflict. two clear headed foreign policy choice and yet we did neither. we talked a big talk about red lines and stood idly by as they were crossed. president obama shook an indignant finger at the genocide of syria invoking the hollow cost you vowing never again. he said it wasn't a matter of if but when assad would go, yet, we've done little to staunch either the bood shed or bring about a resolution to the conflict. getting in early the hawks said, accomplished multiple objectives. limiting the scope of the conflict, keeping chemical weapons out of the hands ofless bow la, denying al qaeda and related groups to the clans to jihadize the conflict and recruit new flag waivers, reduce civilian deaths, avoid a hum humantarian crisis of resources and deny iran and russia the opportunity to embolden in the region. having done nothing of any re
be in an age of american impotence when it comes to foreign policy, i don't like it but that might be the reality. joining me now is cnbc contributor howard dean, former vermont governor and former dnc chair and welcome ambassador richard williamson. china thumbed their nose at us clear as day. not hong kong but china and russia is doing exactly the same thing. putin is sticking it to us. what are we going to do about this? what are we going to do about this? >> first of all, as an attorney i'm dismayed at how this was handled. as a former diplomat i'm strund. we have a situation where we're gone from leadership in the world where nobody dares spit on superman's cage and now we're clark kent everyone thinks they can take advantage of us, a lack of respect and know they can thumb their nose at the obama administration. it's very dangerous and very dangerous for u.s. interests. russian ambassador says snoweden extradition is unacceptable. hong king, run by beijing, apparently said the same thing. our attorney general holder was on the phone with hong kong authorities saying all the p
and delegated a lot of foreign policy to john foster dulles the secretary of state. it is an interesting book but i think he disproves his own thesis which is fun. another book because i served in the senate in the years covered in the book called the last great senate which is a number of senators during rethinks is a golden age in the senate of the '60s and '70s and characters like ted kennedy kennedy, baker, muskie, a bird, who got things done and reached across the aisle to break with their own party orthodoxy. we moaning we don't do that berry more -- in a more very much and how much was done with that spirit of cooperation and compromise. my next book his -- is an accounting history that the christian orthodoxy and heresy were opposed not by church leaders but leaders of the state were the state directly intervened in the convening councils of bishops and insisted on certain precept of orthodoxy and the concept of what constituted heresy and the emperor seditious to really insisted on that to change the course of history but not always as the best and it squelched with the theories of t
-- in foreign policy, pursuing the national interest of the two countries? >> yes, because i believe president obama is not pursuing our national interest and so many ways. i think he has an ideology about how the world should be, and it runs up against the reality of people like putin who don't mess around with theories. they go right for the jugular every time. and we see even with edward snowden being no latest example where they are not afraid of us, they don't respect the spirit is not about affection or liking but ultimately the level of fear. they have to fear not just that you will blow them up, but that you're going to push back, stand up for yourself. this president does not stand up for america. lou: honestly, i think that the national interest issue that the president and his administration has prevailed on these of the russia, not a single one. and the secretary saying -- now, these are the strong words that this administration responding to the russians, secretary of state saying, it would be deeply troubling if must notify the united states over edward snowden. russian officials
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